Afluria; Fluarix; Fluarix Quadrivalent; Flucelvax; Flulaval; Flulaval Quadrivalent; Fluvirin; Fluzone; Fluzone High-Dose; Fluzone Quadrivalent
Agriflu; Fluad; Fluviral; Fluzone; Fluzone Quadrivalent; Influvac; Intanza; Vaxigrip
- It is used to prevent the flu.
- If you have an allergy to any part of this drug.
- If you are allergic to any drugs like this one, any other drugs, foods, or other substances. Tell your doctor about the allergy and what signs you had, like rash; hives; itching; shortness of breath; wheezing; cough; swelling of face, lips, tongue, or throat; or any other signs.
- Tell dentists, surgeons, and other doctors that you use this drug.
- If you have a latex allergy, talk with your doctor.
- This drug may not protect all people who use it. Talk with the doctor.
- This drug is a vaccine with a virus that is not active. It cannot cause the disease.
- This drug is not a cure for the flu. It must be given before you are exposed to the flu in order to work. Most of the time, it takes a few weeks for this drug to work.
- This drug only protects you for 1 flu season. You will need to get the flu vaccine each year.
- Not all brands of vaccines are for all children. Talk with your child’s doctor.
- Some children may need to have more than 1 dose of this vaccine. Talk with your child’s doctor.
- Some children have had a fever and seizures caused by fevers with some flu vaccines. Most of the time, this happened in children younger than 5 years of age. Fever has also been seen in children 5 to younger than 9 years of age. Talk with your child’s doctor.
- Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan on getting pregnant. You will need to talk about the benefits and risks of using this drug while you are pregnant.
- Tell your doctor if you are breast-feeding. You will need to talk about any risks to your baby.
- Signs of an allergic reaction, like rash; hives; itching; red, swollen, blistered, or peeling skin with or without fever; wheezing; tightness in the chest or throat; trouble breathing or talking; unusual hoarseness; or swelling of the mouth, face, lips, tongue, or throat.
- A burning, numbness, or tingling feeling that is not normal.
- Not able to move face muscles as much.
- Trouble controlling body movements.
- Very bad dizziness or passing out.
- Muscle weakness.
- Very bad headache.
- Change in eyesight.
For all patients taking this drug:
- Redness or swelling where the shot is given.
- Pain where the shot was given.
- Muscle pain.
- Feeling tired or weak.
- Upset stomach or throwing up.
- Loose stools (diarrhea).
- Not hungry.
- Feeling sleepy.
- Feeling fussy.
- It is given as a shot into a muscle.
- Call the doctor to find out what to do.
- This drug will be given to you in a hospital or doctor’s office. You will not store it at home.
- If your symptoms or health problems do not get better or if they become worse, call your doctor.
- Do not share your drugs with others and do not take anyone else’s drugs.
- Keep a list of all your drugs (prescription, natural products, vitamins, OTC) with you. Give this list to your doctor.
- Talk with the doctor before starting any new drug, including prescription or OTC, natural products, or vitamins.
- Keep all drugs in a safe place. Keep all drugs out of the reach of children and pets.
- Check with your pharmacist about how to throw out unused drugs.
- Some drugs may have another patient information leaflet. If you have any questions about this drug, please talk with your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
- If you think there has been an overdose, call your poison control center or get medical care right away. Be ready to tell or show what was taken, how much, and when it happened.
If you have any questions or concerns, talk with a member of your healthcare team. You can reach them Monday through Friday from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm at ____________________. After 5:00 pm, during the weekend, and on holidays, please call____________________. If there’s no number listed, or you’re not sure, call 212-639-2000.
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